Samsung Galaxy A30 first impressions: astonishingly Samsung

“The Samsung Galaxy A30 will be launched in India soon, alongside the Galaxy A50

Here’s the thing. Up until today, I didn’t like covering Samsung’s affordable range of devices because they were – for the want of a better word – not up to the mark. So, what changed, you might ask? Well, I got to test out the company’s latest affordable handset, the Galaxy A30 at the brand’s booth during MWC and was blown away. So much so, I can’t wait to review the device once it lands in India. Here’s why.

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The Samsung Galaxy A30 is quite possibly the most attractive mid-ranger I laid my hands on at the show floor in Barcelona. Despite using a polycarbonate back, the A30’s glossy finish fooled me into believing that it was constructed out of more premium materials, which speaks volumes about the handset’s aesthetics. What’s more, the smartphone feels quite good in the hand thanks in no small part to its svelte back which curves elegantly into the handset’s frame. I tested the white colour variant of the device, which honestly, looks the best of the lot.

Samsung Galaxy A30 first impressions10However, if you’d like something with a little less panache, then you can also opt for a subtler black or dark blue hue too. Just, be ready to wipe it down with a piece of cloth a couple times a day. Everything considered though, the Galaxy A30 punches way above its weight in the design department.

The positioning of the ports and the buttons on the smartphone is a pretty standard affair, with the volume rocker and the power button located on the right spine of the device. The handset features a capacitive fingerprint sensor towards the back, below the dual-camera module for biometric authentication. Although I didn’t have a lot of time to test it, my initial few taps registered just fine and the smartphone was quick to unlock and take me directly to the home screen. Other than that, the device comes with a USB Type-C port at the bottom (great job, Sammy), which is flanked on either side by a 3.5mm headphone jack (give yourself a pat on the back again, Sammy) and a speaker grille.

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Coming to the display, the Samsung Galaxy A30 sports a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED panel with an FHD+ resolution and a U-cut notch. If there’s one thing Samsung excels at, it’s at making vibrant, punchy displays with deep blacks and high contrast ratio. The Galaxy A30’s panel is no different and during my brief stint with the device, I was glued to its gorgeous screen – the viewing angles were impeccable and the panel got plenty bright too. Suffice it to say, you’ll love consuming media on the device.

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In the performance department, the Samsung Galaxy A30 is backed by the company’s Exynos 7 7904 octa-core processor which works alongside either 3GB or 4GB of RAM. Correspondingly, buyers will get either 32GB or 64GB of built-in, user-expandable storage with the device. Now ordinarily, this is where things would start to go downhill for Samsung’s affordable devices. But, there’s just something about Samsung’s all-new One UI which is making its smartphones extremely snappy. I didn’t run into a single UI stutter whilst jumping in and out of the menus or opening the multitasking tray, which — if you’ve used a Samsung phone before will know is a big deal. I will have to test the performance more, but so far, things are looking pretty good for Samsung.

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As I mentioned previously, the Galaxy A30 runs the company’s One UI on top of Android Pie and for once, I really don’t mind it. The revamped UI looks slick, has lightning fast transitions and has a minimalistic appearance too. I’ll talk more about the handset’s software features once I’ve spent some more time with it so for now, let’s shift our focus to the cameras.

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The A30 sports a dual-camera setup at the back, comprising a 16MP standard shooter and a 5MP wide-angle shooter. For selfies, the device gets a 16MP selfie camera. During my short stint with the device, I noticed that the rear-facing camera sensors were quick to focus on a subject and could expose the shot decently too. 

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Lastly, the Samsung Galaxy A30 is fueled by a 4,000mAh battery which should easily last buyers a day on heavy usage. The smartphone is expected to be launched in India soon, so stay tuned to 91mobiles